O’dea High School Principal Resigns

Sky Valley Chronicle
November 1, 2012

A principal of a well known Catholic high school that was founded in 1923 in Seattle has stepped down following allegations he sexually abused a boy many years ago in a different city.

The Archdiocese of Seattle announced that Brother Karl Walczak resigned his job as principal of O'Dea High School on Wednesday, after accusations of sexual abuse in the 1970’s were published.

O’Dea, which has an enrollment of 450 young men according to the school’s website is located on First Hill in the city which overlooks downtown Seattle.

The allegations against Walczak go back to the 1970s, when Walczak was a teacher at Brother Rice High School in Chicago.

In statement released Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Seattle said Walczak denies the allegations but decided to step down nonetheless.

An attorney for the alleged victim, Michael Reck alleges Walczak sexually abused his client multiple times on Brother Rice school grounds and furthermore said his client, who was not named, is extraordinarily concerned that Walczak has abused other children.

Reck says his client was a freshman at the school when the abuse allegedly occurred.

The man, who chooses to remain anonymous, came forward with the accusations against Walczak three months ago.








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